Biotechnology in the global South (3/7/2003)

In addition to those below:
Five Year Freeze's report (October 2002)
'Feeding or Fooling the World - Can GM really feed the hungry?'

AcionAid's report (June 2003)
'Going Against The Grain' - summary
PANUPS: Resource Pointer #327 Biotechnology in the global South
July 2, 2003
Pesticide Action Network Updates Service

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
Voices From the South: The Third World Debunks Corporate Myths on Genetically Engineered Crops, 2003 Ellen Hickey and Anuradha Mittal (editors).

Systematically refutes six arguments for Genetically Engineered (GE) crops in Third World countries, including the popular belief that GE crops are a solution to world hunger. Incorporates authors from 13 developing countries to argue that the development of GE crops has not focused on feeding people but rather on securing market share for the world's largest agrochemical/biotech companies. 64 pages.

Available for free download at

Contact Pesticide Action Network North America, 49 Powell St., Suite 500 San Francisco, CA 94102; phone (415) 981-1771; fax (415) 981-1991; email
[email protected] ; Web site http://www.panna.org/ .
Playing With Hunger: The Reality Behind the Shipment of GMOs as Food Aid, 2003 Friends of the Earth International (FOEI).

Recounts the debate spurred by South(ern) African countries' refusal to accept Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food aid. Discusses the implications of GMO food aid through case studies of genetically modified crops in 9 developing countries. 22 pages.

Available for free download at
Contact Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), PO Box 19199, 1000 GD Amsterdam, The Netherlands; phone (31 20) 622-1369; fax (31 20) 639-2181;
email [email protected] ; Web site http://www.foei.org/ .
The Case for a GM-Free Sustainable World, 2003 Independent Science Panel (ISP).

Provides a scientific assessment of the evidence on genetic engineering  over the past decade. Questions the safety of genetic engineering and its role  in third world development, and calls for the adoption of sustainable  agriculture. 136 pages.

Available for free download at:

or as hardcopy for GBP7 through ISP. Contact Independent Science Panel (ISP), PO Box 32097, London NW1, 0XR, United Kingdom; email
[email protected] ; Web site http://indsp.org/ .
Genetically Modified Crops and Sustainable Poverty Alleviation in Sub-Saharan  Africa: An Assessment of Current Evidence, 2003 Aaron deGrassi.

Evaluates current experiences with genetically modified crops in Africa using empirical  methods and six criteria: demand led, site specific, poverty focused, cost  effective, or institutionally sustainable. Assesses three genetically modified  crops; cotton, maize, and sweet potatoes. 92 pages.

Available for free  download at: http://twnafrica.org/ .

Contact Third World Network (TWN) Africa,  9 Ollenu Street, East Legon, PO Box AN19452, Accra-North, Ghana; phone (23 21)150-3669; fax (23 32) 151-1188; email [email protected] ; Web site http://twnafrica.org/ .
Governing the GM Crop Revolution: Policy Choices for Developing Countries, 2000 Robert Paarlberg.

Offers a comparison of policy responses to genetically  modified (GM) crops in developing countries. Examines the policy decisions  made in four developing countries -- Brazil, China, India, and Kenya -- and  devises a system for classifying policy choices toward GM crops in the areas  of intellectual property rights, food safety, biosafety, trade, and public  research investment. 45 pages.

Available for free download at:
http://www.ifpri.org/pubs/catalog.htm#dp . Contact International Food
Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), 2033 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
20006-1002; phone (202) 862-5600; fax (202) 467-4439; email
[email protected] ; Web site http://www.ifpri.org / .

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